I found this very interesting article in The Independent, and wonder what the perspectives of Culturalistas are on this subject:
What does it mean about an artist when they are not critically involved in the actual making process of an art piece but instead rely on artisans and craftsmen to create their finished product? Is the art in the idea or the craft?
Hi Nico, excellent question for us.
Good artist, bad artist, artist yes or artist shmo!
Perhaps this question is also hinting at a divergence from studio to factory and the transition of artistic accomplishment to business success! Which asks the question of where to draw the line, and how can integrity be maintained with all these distractions.
The sketch or concept is fundamental to the starting point of the artist’s inspiration.
The realization as a theoretical proposal into a real life object or product is not always managed by the entrepreneur, equally the concept can be borrowed by a third party who use it as inspiration to an alternative rendition even sometimes as a mere verbal description/lecture. The fear often in our present consumer based survival is of course copyright/patent issues which are clearly starting to wither. Probably some statistics on how many patents end to end would stretch to the moon and back or use all the trees on earth to print them..
In my own creativity I find multimedia has its challenges despite my having a strong concept. I often seek knowledge or help from other motivated people who have specialized in the field I require. Their help can for-see pitfalls or gains (even a target audience) I hadn’t anticipated, a few of my own such examples would be website design, gallery presentation, video or music producing, graphics, software, and new innovations with electronics to name a few. I spend untold hours with all of these but understand that its not where my energy is best put when more urgent art is expected of me.
My job as an artist is to ensure that the finished job gets my approval and to understand where compromise is important in order to have a conclusive result. The role of a professional is to learn from mistakes and yet apply an ability of clear guidance and confidence to one’s helpers and bring an abstract or ‘foreign’ character into the evolution of art.
What a question! and in Moses' fashion of parting the Red Sea, it could be one side or the other (why I had to bring up that image is a mystery to me). It can be a matter of preference. Your either craft-oriented, which when too much on one side can be associated with craftsmaking OR your idea-oriented, which when too much on one side can be extremely alienating conceptual art (AKA only the artist understands). Perhaps art lies in striking a kind of balance between thought and execution?